Joseph Aletky's Blog (6)

Local Motors/Airbus VTOL UAV takes to the skies!

Hey everyone, 

I wanted to announce the successful first forward flight with the Local Motors/Airbus VTOL UAV. Powered by a Pixhawk 1 with Arduplane 3.7.1, weighing in at 54.85lbs!

I was called in three weeks ago to help them design, build, and fly all before 11/30/2016.  I showed up at the shop and they had nothing but some ESCs, Motors,…


Added by Joseph Aletky on December 3, 2016 at 2:14pm — 22 Comments

Worlds Smallest Pixhawk Powered Quadplane: SUAVX Nano VTOL UAV

Yesterday Was the first successful transition flight of my Nano Quadplane.  After limited success a few years ago with two separate pixhawks on the VTOL Anaconda, I decided it wasn't feasible to use multiple Pixhawks/Pilots for anything other than a tech demo.  



Added by Joseph Aletky on September 16, 2016 at 12:30pm — 13 Comments

Out of the Black: SLT VTOL UAV

I have been working on and off towards a VTOL aircraft for a few years now. All of this work has been kept off of the record, but I had the very first successful VTOL Flight and transition with this aircraft yesterday and am very excited to share these results. This method of VTOL is not a new concept, and was mainly inspired by X-planes of the past and the more…


Added by Joseph Aletky on October 31, 2014 at 12:30pm — 21 Comments

What's it like to be an intern at 3DR?

A first hand hand account, by our 17 year old High School Student: Gustavo De Leon-

"I go to a school in Southern California called High Tech High Chula Vista, and as part of our junior year academic requirements we are asked to…

Added by Joseph Aletky on June 12, 2014 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

134km/83.5 Mile, 4 hour flight with our Skywalker

I am excited to announce that on Friday, February 7th 2014, 3DR Flight Ops SD flew our modified Skywalker Airplane for over 4 hours (4:00:18 to be exact!) and covered a distance of approximately 134km or 83.5 miles.  This is a new personal record for flight time and distance, all accomplished over a few months of planning, building, and testing. Installed in this skywalker was the new Pixhawk Autopilot along with the new…


Added by Joseph Aletky on February 11, 2014 at 10:00pm — 30 Comments

3DR at 2013 MultiRotor Challenge!

3D Robotics had a great weekend at the First Annual MultiRotor Challenge. We were there both Saturday and Sunday and competed in most of the events, including a fully autonomous demo mission with a Stock 3DR Hexacopter. In the Auto-Land Competition, APM powered Multi's got 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place! We also won 1st place in the Pilot's Choice event for the coolest looking…


Added by Joseph Aletky on March 27, 2013 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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